Global Warming in Afghanistan – A Problem Unconsidered

Thanks to Facebook for reminding Afghan citizens that the temperature has passed 36 Celsius degrees in Kabul. It was unprecedented that one day Kabul will witness such intolerable hot days. As it is common in the country, the population was complaining about the hot weather everywhere. But no one put a serious eye on the roots for the unforeseen heat.Meanwhile, no official position of the country raised it at as a national challenge at all. This is the case mostly because in Afghanistan, people are surrounded by a flood of catastrophes that withhold them from the chance to discuss global warming.

The lack of trash boxes around the capital has led the residents to a horrific habit: throwing trashes to in the streets. In every single corner of the city, the terrible smell of garbage is a result of the carelessness of residents.

However, schools are actually stimulating students to act to reduce global warming, as in the official curriculum for high school, global warming is discussed as a major challenge of the modern life. The page dedicated to global warming in the biology book discuss briefly the roots and outcomes of global warming. The only solution to the problem is avoiding the overproduction of greenhouse gases.

Even though it is officially the responsibility of municipality to solve such problems,it remains almost impossible for officials to accomplish this mission as well as maintaining the development of the country.

Moreover, since volunteerism is not a commonplace to solve such challenges, it is very scarce to find groups raising their voice on environment’s behalf. The only group I have ever noticed is the Environment Team of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. When I raised the topic and asked for their comment, they unanimously complained about the indifference the citizens show to environment. However, even though we can criticize the citizens’ approach to climate change, we must take into consideration that it is really hard for people to take notice of the environment while struggling to survive.

by Ziafatullah S.